AmSpirit Rx (The Pain)

If you are hesitating to contact someone because you feel like you are being a ‘pain in the neck,’ put that thought out of your mind. If your genuine motive for contacting someone is to add value to his or her life, you should have no reluctance whatsoever. Take a moment to gather your thoughts and make the contact. While not every situation will work out, some certainly will – those alone will be worth all the effort.

 

WHY JUST BE IN YOUR NETWORK WHEN YOU COULD OWN YOUR NETWORK?

Consider a franchise with AmSpirit Business Connections.

  • Highly Affordable, With A Great ROI … And,
  • Dovetails With Existing Business or Profession … And,
  • Enhances Your Professional Presence Within The Community

CLICK HERE for more details. Contact Frank Agin (frankagin@amspirit.com) or visit www.amspirit.com for details.

The Connection Revolution

Ever hear someone ask for a referral, but it is so vague that no one comes to mind? To learn how to ask for better referrals, read Hall of Fame Chapter member Jacci Adams’ blog post: The Connection Revolution.

Hobby To Honorable Business Via AmSpirit

At AmSpirit Business Connections, what we do is not nearly as important as why we do it. Our intent is to help our members realize their goals and dreams relative to their business whether those are financial, personal freedom or stature in the community. Consider the case of Dr. Jack Starr.

In 1961 he moved to London, Ohio from his humble beginnings in tiny Wellston, Ohio. After working his way through Ohio University and the Ohio State College of Medicine completely debt-free, he intended to settle in as a small town doctor as Norman Rockwell might depict. That he did, until 1997 when he retired from his medical practice.

It was, however, in 1984 that he embarked on a venture that would lead him into AmSpirit Business Connections. That year he started the London Trophy Business as a hobby and moved it in the basement of home.

In the early years, he produced awards for London High School, a bowling league and the Madison County fair. In 1987, Jack eventually moved the business to downtown London, added a gift shop and re-branded it as Starr Trophy. Still Starr Trophy remained a quaint, little business, in a quiet, little town. It was all but invisible from the growing Columbus, Ohio business community 40 miles to the east.

That all changed in 1993 when Jack Starr and his long-time assistant, Patty Boerger joined what is now AmSpirit Business Connections. That year, Starr Trophy received its first AmSpirit Business Connections qualified referral and Jack has not ever questioned his decision to become a member.

Over the years, Jack and Patty have given their share of referrals. As they have been involved with a couple Chapters during their tenure as well as participated in area wide events, they have been exposed to dozens and dozens of members. Jack and Patty have made use of those connections countless times for dental work, financial services, insurance, and even a roof for Starr Trophy.

More importantly, however, AmSpirit Business Connections has helped Jack turn Starr Trophy into more than just a hobby. It employs him, Patty and a few others full-time. It is a full-fledged business. Currently, while it still serves London High School, it also has over 10 central Ohio school districts as clients, many referred from fellow members of AmSpirit Business Connections. While there is still the original bowling league, members have referred Starr Trophy to do awards for New York Life Insurance, National Ski Patrol, and the Ohio State Coaches Golf Outing. And, if you let him, Jack would go on and on with what AmSpirit Business Connections has meant to him.

Jack sums up his experience in AmSpirit Business Connections very simply: “I got into this is 1993. I would not have stayed in, if it did not work.”

This is why AmSpirit Business Connections does what it does – to take the dreams and aspirations of a small town doctor help make them a reality … transforming a hobby into an honorable business.

AmSpirit Rx (Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse)

Do you tend to get tongue-tied when meeting someone new? Have you frozen up when leaving messages or talking on the phone? We all have. There is nothing wrong with rehearsing responses to likely questions or statements you might make in a conversation. Certainly, get in the habit of taking time before picking up the telephone to plan what you will say.

 

WHY JUST BE IN YOUR NETWORK WHEN YOU COULD OWN YOUR NETWORK?

Consider a franchise with AmSpirit Business Connections.

  • Highly Affordable, With A Great ROI … And,
  • Dovetails With Existing Business or Profession … And,
  • Enhances Your Professional Presence Within The Community

CLICK HERE for more details. Contact Frank Agin (frankagin@amspirit.com) or visit www.amspirit.com for details.

AmSpirit Member Testimonial (Winterstein)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi3t8Fa2xk4&feature=related] Here is what one of our members is saying about AmSpirit Business Connections. For more information please CLICK HERE.

AmSpirit Rx (Name Tag Etiquette)

Whenever you are given a name tag to wear, be sure to wear it on the right side. This ensures that you will provide an easy sight-line to your name when shaking hands with others.

 

WHY JUST BE IN YOUR NETWORK WHEN YOU COULD OWN YOUR NETWORK?

Consider a franchise with AmSpirit Business Connections.

  • Highly Affordable, With A Great ROI … And,
  • Dovetails With Existing Business or Profession … And,
  • Enhances Your Professional Presence Within The Community

CLICK HERE for more details. Contact Frank Agin (frankagin@amspirit.com) or visit www.amspirit.com for details.

Be Interesting

Do you long to be considered an interesting person by most anyone you meet? Who wouldn’t? Average people are soon forgotten. Interesting people seem to be indelibly etched on the minds of those they meet.

Interesting people are the ones people look forward to encountering. Interesting people tend to generate more support (which would include business referrals) from those around them, as compared to that average person (um … what was his name?).

The key to becoming that interesting person, however,  has very little with what you have to say. So put away your word-of-the-day book. Do not worry another moment about the eloquence of your elevator speech. Stop searching for that memorable story that casts you in positive light.

Becoming interesting is a function of getting the other person talking about themselves. Counterintuitive as that may seem, it is that simple: question; then listen … question again; listen some more … question further; listen on.

Everyone has a story. They have a professional story. They have a personal story. They have a story of their past. Not only do they have a story, but they love to tell it. Furthermore, they have a secret affinity towards the person who coaxes these stories out of them and truly listens (so secret they may not even realize it themselves).

So before you head to that next networking event (or any gathering of business professionals), prepare yourself with series of questions intended to get the other person talking. Such as …

  • What do you do? How long have you been doing it? How did you become interested in that?
  • What are some of the projects or assignments you are currently working on?
  • Outside of work, what occupies your time? Family? Hobbies? Interests? Activities?

Work through these lines of questioning (or something similar) and then listen. As you do, listen for look for areas of common interest or connection. Share something and then ask another question and listen on with genuine interest.

As you do this, you will see them beam with enthusiasm. When this happens, know this: Inside they will think of you as a wonderfully interesting person.

For an electronic copy of the AmSpirit Business Connections conversation primer, Converse click here. If you would like a copy of this in convenient pocket-sized mini tri-fold, send an e-mail to admin@amspirit.com with your physical address and we will send you one via first class U.S. mail.